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Phishing warning - taxpayers warned against fraudsters

HMRC has issued taxpayers warnings on being targeted by fraudsters.

A growing number of telephone and email scams involve fraudsters posing as tax officials arranging repayments, attempting to obtain personal information after 31 January, when many people will be expecting refunds.

The emails tell the recipient they are due a tax refund and ask for bank or credit card details. Recipients are advised not to click on web links contained in suspicious emails and not to open attachments.

HMRC advised that any email that appeared to originate from HMRC and offered a tax refund should be forwarded unopened to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk. HMRC does not undertake to reply to every email sent, but said the information would be used to help reduce online fraud.

For further details visit the following link on the HMRC website. 
 

 

 

Date: 8th April, 2009
Author: Cathy Corns

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